All mod cons in OAPs complex

Insufficient: Ray Mullis.
Insufficient: Ray Mullis.

A SHOW flat has been opened in a new housing development for older people which has been built on the site of a redundant old folks’ home.

Housing 21’s new extra care housing scheme in Kirk Sandall will be named officially later this week and the show flat will be on view.

Representatives of Doncaster Council, Housing 21 and developers, Frank Haslam Milan, will attend the ceremony at Rokeby Gardens - the new name for the former Graham House.

The scheme has been specially designed to enable older people to continue to live independently.

It provides 41 two-bedroom apartments at affordable rents plus a further 11 apartments for low-cost home ownership.

Coun Ray Mullis, cabinet member for housing at Doncaster Council, will be presented with the new ‘Rokeby Gardens’ name sign and will be joined by the project’s partners for a tour of the show flat and the development, which is still under construction.

The apartments at Rokeby Gardens boast individually controlled under-floor heating, level access wet-room showers and a security entry system with intercom.

Communal facilities include a restaurant, therapy room, activity rooms, assisted bathroom, well equipped laundry room and guest suite, with landscaped garden and seating areas outside.

Coun Mullis said: “For a long time now there has been an insufficient housing offer for our ageing population to enable them choose the right type of accommodation that suits their needs.

“The council has been working with its partners over the last two years to address this issue and this scheme is the start.”